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Marijuana Withdrawal Is Real

The NIDA Blog Team

On this blog, we often get comments from people claiming that marijuana isn’t addictive. A lot of people seem to think marijuana is different from other drugs. Unfortunately, it’s not the case: Just like with other drugs (including alcohol and nicotine), you can get addicted to marijuana—especially if you use it during your teen years.

Dependence vs. Addiction

Drug "dependence" means needing a drug to feel physically okay. If a person is dependent on a drug, having enough of a supply is always important to them. However, being dependent doesn’t necessarily mean they’re addicted. For example, many people can be dependent on a medication prescribed by their doctor without being addicted to it.

The difference is that people who are addicted start to think about the drug all the time and make it a larger priority than other things in their life. They often make bad decisions that work against their health and their overall well-being. In the case of a medication, they may start to abuse it (use it differently than how the doctor prescribed): taking more of it, or crushing it and injecting it. Or in the case of a drug like marijuana, they'll be unable to stop using it even though it's causing problems with school, a job, or relationships. People with an addiction are often unable to see—or admit—that this is happening.

That Bad Feeling …

… is called withdrawal. A person with drug dependence will experience withdrawal if they completely stop using the drug all at once. Withdrawal is what leads a lot of people who are addicted to a drug to relapse—meaning, they've tried to quit, but they start taking the drug again.

A new study in the Journal of Addiction Medicine shows that teens who use marijuana heavily can experience withdrawal when they stop using it. In a study of teens receiving drug abuse treatment at an outpatient clinic, nearly half of them (40 percent) experienced symptoms of withdrawal when they stopped using marijuana.

Not Just a Crummy Day

From portrayals in movies and on TV of people addicted to heroin, people have an image of drug withdrawal as sweating, shaking, and being curled up in bed with unbearable pain. Marijuana withdrawal is a lot more subtle, but every bit as real.

The main mental symptoms of marijuana withdrawal include:

  • Being irritable
  • Feeling anxious or worried
  • Feeling depressed
  • Being restless
  • Having trouble sleeping at night and feeling tired during the day
  • Having low appetite or losing weight

Some people having marijuana withdrawal might not realize it. Some of the symptoms just contribute to being in a lousy mood, and it’s often easy to blame that feeling on other people annoying you or just having a bad day. You can also have physical symptoms like:

  • Stomach pain
  • Sweatiness
  • Shakiness
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache

More Use = More Problems

The longer a person uses marijuana, the more likely they are to have withdrawal symptoms when they aren’t using it. In the Journal of Addiction Medicine study, teens who had marijuana withdrawal symptoms were more likely than other marijuana users to have problems like difficulties at school or at work or trouble with relationships or money. They were also more likely to have other signs of marijuana dependence and mood disorders like depression.

And teen users who suffer marijuana withdrawal are more likely to experience marijuana addiction than adults. One in six teens who try marijuana will get addicted to it, and that goes up to as many as one-half of teens who use it every day. 

If you’re worried you may have a problem with marijuana or any other drug, this page may help answer your questions and let you know what to do to get help.

Tell us in the comments: Do you know any regular marijuana users who stop using marijuana and experience the withdrawal symptoms described in this post?

To learn more about marijuana, check out the blog posts “Secondhand Marijuana Smoke?” and “What’s Wrong With ‘Medical Marijuana’?”

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Comments

I have been without marijuana for 10 days. I've only slept about 4 hours and I have extreme nausea. So don't tell me it's not addictive and there's no side effects from quiting.
Hey guys, hope everybody is well. Here's my story: I started smoking weed casually when I was a junior in high school. It was a rare, maybe once a weekend occurrence at most. My whole town has the idea that weed is harmless and feel those who are against it are just saying so because of the bad societal stigma that's surrounded it for so long. Anyway, I was so happy throughout the majority of high school even as I started smoking weed occasionally. I was in a great relationship with my girlfriend, played sports, and just loved life. I was an anxious person back then and still am but never really let it affect me back then. Smoking weed was a great way to bond with friends and the high was really enjoyable for me. But my senior year of high school, things started to change. I began smoking more and more and stopped hanging out with my girlfriend and family as much and quit simply enjoying life. Subconsciously, my next motive was always to smoke and get high and just hang out. And then when I would finally be able to get a high I would think to myself 'I enjoy life sober and love hanging out with my friends and family, this is just a phase of my life where id prefer to smoke.' Basically, I was stupid and naive and didn't really think about how weed was messing with my thoughts and behaviors. I ended up developing some more severe anxiety problems where I would contemplate whether I actually loved my girlfriend or whether I was actually happy and and all those sorts of things. Then I'd smoke and forget about it. This cycle perpetuated and grew to a point that I broke up with my girlfriend because I just couldn't think straight about what was best for me and what I needed in life. Into college these issues of anxiety got so bad that I started to think even more existentially, like 'Why are we here? Is this real? Am I dying'. Obviously, it really freaked me out and furthered this vicious cycle of negative thinking. I started to feel depersonalized (look up the symptoms) and at the time thought I was actually going insane. But after lots of research and therapy realized that it is a common symptom of anxiety. But I kept smoking and I would always tell myself 'ok, I'm going to stop smoking on 'X' day and everything will be back to normal'. This would give me a temporary sense of ease knowing that I was going to change my life around and start to feel better. I'm 21 years old right now and in the middle of my junior year of college. This is the longest break I've taken from smoking (I'm on day 15) since I started binging my senior year of high school and am already starting to feel some changes. Yeah my brains still super foggy and I feel depersonalized, I have insomnia, and some minor depression issues. But it feels so much better commuting to being away from weed and having a clearer mindset all day, every day. I'm really trying to get more engaged and life and not let these negative thoughts self-destruct me. I'm not saying that weed is objectively a bad drug. It can do wonders for people, and I've seen it happen to my friends. But everybody's brain chemistry and psychology is so different, that it is quite ignorant for people to make broad, sweeping statements about the benign or harmful nature of marijuana. I am confident that weed is not meant for me, and am determined to stay away from the drug and to live a happy, clear life as I did before smoking weed. Thanks for listening and good luck for those out there struggling with weed withdrawal and abuse, I can assure you you're far from alone. And to those who are living happily with weed, I'm happy for you to. Just understand that not everyone can do so and we need to empathize for those struggling :)
This is all a joke. Our own government lying to us and our kids so blatantly. Don't read this kids. Go read a site that quotes actual science.
Thank you! I'm reading this like what are these people saying? And everyone on here commenting is freaking out about weed. It wouldn't be legalized, especially MEDICALLY, if it was such a horrible horrible drug.
Marijuana addiction is real I'm in rehab for it now. If you claim it isn't you're quite frankly ignorant and delusional. The idiots that think it's not need to maybe do a bit of research before they post nonsense on this page.
You're only in rehab because you were ]stupied and got caught smoking!! Furthermore I've done a lot of research and Marijuana isn't addictive.
JUST MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE - read all of the posts and was disappointed with the closing statement. For full disclosure, I love weed and really hate that I have to quit. At 35 I finally pursued some mental health help. I have been diagnosed Bipolar 1, ptsd and ADHD. In order to test some of the psycho stimulants associated with these it was recommended by my Dr. that I cut down my marijuana use. Anyone that has experience with these disorders knows that moderation is tough to pull off. It wasn't made clear to me how much I could smoke without altering the results of the meds, so I decided to just stop all together. 20 yrs. of use, 5-6 yrs. of constant daily use. I am 5 days in and have had really bad withdrawls. I agree that not everyone will experience these. I am also not debating the drugs' dangers or benefits. There is a lot of propaganda out there, both for and against marijuana. I looked up this post for the sole purpose of getting an explanation of the garbage I'm enduring this week. For me the withdrawal is very real and fairly severe. Starts with no sleep. Yawning all night but can't stop the racing thoughts. Finally get to sleep only to wake up an hour later drenched in sweat. I've had nightmares every night and a definite increase in suicidal thoughts. The first half of the day I have a light nausea which also makes it hard to eat. By early evening it typically subsides and I can get some food in. The lack of eating has me feeling hunger pains all day. I have always been anxious and honestly can't tell if that is any worse. I do have some shakes, but again that could be related to chills, fatigue and malnutrition. Smoke, don't smoke, to each his own. But dam this sucks :) considering quitting the cigs as well just because from personal experience the symptoms were very simlar. Two birds and all. In closing, this post is about withdrawls, and for me, this site has squashed any thoughts I had about whether or not there was something else going on. Good luck and stay strong!
I know this is for teens . But would like to share my experience I'm a chronic smoker Been smoking over 35 years I quit for two months just to relapse again withdrawals are serious worst is depression lost bout 15 lbs couldn't hold any food no apetite , couldn't sleep mad at the world but I dint recognize the symptoms so I thought I was sick so another thing to worry bout two months later apetite started to comeback sleeping a little better spending more time with family and grand kids I was leaving a diferent life style kind of like it so I figured I got this bad habit out of the way so I said well I quit I have no more urge to get hig in my 10 week I smoke a bowl and that was it I was back to smoke again and it seems like I'm smoking more than before so I'm planing my quiting journey I know the symptoms so I hope this time be a little easier than last time wish me luck
Stay strong! you CAN do this. all the best
It's different when you psychically stop, and want to stop versus being told you cannot smoke weed any longer. You telling yourself and making the decision on your own, the situation is in your hands and already embedded into your mind. I got drug tested at school so I obviously had to stop, and after smoking weed a few times a day for 2 years straight, tell withdrawal was terrible. I would wake up every morning at 3:30 and feel sick to my stomach then when it was actually time to wake up in the morning I would throw up and sweat profusely. It's all mental. Ithe lasted about 5 days until I have up and bought my last dub and had closure with my self and the herb. Weed withdrawal is real and it sucks.
This is month four of my not smoking weed. I think i can go longer this time too, it feels like i should have closed that chapter a while back. Being stoned for sixteen years means i missed out on alot of genuine good times with family and friends. Im a better person all around when im not ripped, getting stoned constantly was and is a bad choice for me because im an introvert and have an addictive personality, hence the being stoned to the bone for 16 years. If your trying to quit puff on a vape cig thing, just the act of smoking can help you forget to pack the bowl. Stash the vape cig round or in your old stash spot too, it will warm your heart. I can understand a young gun feeling like pot is not a problem, ive been there, its just that smoking weed is such a worn out trail. Plenty of people do it its almost to acceptable now, which is kind of lame, especially if your a rebel at heart like me. I still get drunk as hell and black out weekly, im self destructive to the core. What, you thought this had a happy ending? Booze is my second drug of choice and i cut back big time. The liquor is the next thing to go to the wayside. I hope your journey to stop getting high is as fruitfull as mine. Reading other peoples posts has helped me so much, thank you all. Even the pro pot people, i use to have similar arguments, even inside my own skull after a few tokes
I have been smoking on a daily basis for 40 years. Raised three great kids, successful marriage, paid off my house put three kids through college, literally no debt. I have cut back to 2-3 hits per day including my coffee/AM hit. Play full court basketball 3 days per week, run 3 miles twice a week. Going for a new job which requires the pot test, not a drug test because you can do coke and pass with in three days. You can be a fat drunk and pass within a few hours. Off weed for four days. First two days tough on the stomach and had little appetite. Last two days fine. I will go back as soon as I get this new job. Love weed just like the millions of people who love booze. 6'0" 185 and in better shape than all my booze friends
Lucky it's that easy for you. Unfortunately most people don't have that ability.
Same here brother. I started at 15, earning six digits by mid 20s, work out, ski hard in winter and known as the comedian in all my circles. I personally believe it's a lack of mind control for those that suffer. As well as over worrying the normal minor symptoms of withdrawal. Do people freak out when they're hungover after a heavy night? No!. Sure you will sweat more as your body burns THC in your fat cells, your appetite won't be raging munchies, which is not a normal appetite anyway, and you won't pass out at night and fall asleep like other non smokers. The rest is I'm the mind. Work out, occupy your mind and know yourself. I been smoking hard for 15 years. I am on a break at the moment just because the missus wants me clean for baby making duties. So yeah I been sweating this week and not devouring food like a rabid animal, but otherwise no problems. Each to their own I guess. But my advice to people is chill. It won't kill you. You will sweat and lose appetite for a few days. Work out, drink shakes, eat soup and don't keep thinking about weed. Go out, have a drink, play sport occupy your mind. You're manifesting symptoms yourself.
I hope these comments are jokes.
This is awful. After 10 years of straight smoking I am totally addicted. Every time I try to quit I'm a mental basket case and sick to my stomach.
I've been smoking for 10 yrs & has been 4 days since I stop smoking marijuana. I quit because I felt it was affecting me physically(my eyes constant red & droopy in pictures & mentally (slurred speech, forgot correct grammar, & antisocial more quite than what I was before). I knew if I wanted to be healthy later in the future. I would have to stop!! It was a constant battle with myself & always kept telling myself that I'm better than this. This is just my experience & I can't speak for everyone but I have been having withdrawals, my symptoms are sleepless nights, loss of appetite, feels like stomach is in knots, especially at night and the biggest symptom is depression. I'm not Turing back..I feel I've come along way to stop my addiction. Only question is when will the symptoms stop, so I can feel normal again!!

Hi AG, withdrawal symptoms typically peak within the first week after quitting and may last up to two weeks. You can read more here: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/mariju...

How long does the withdrawal symptoms usually last? I'm on day three

Hi Rachel, withdrawal symptoms typically peak within the first week after quitting and may last up to two weeks. You can read more here: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/mariju...

Hi, I'm here to let you know that Marijuana withdrawal it a very real thing as I am experiencing it right now. After daily use of about a gram sometimes more since the age of 15 til 26.. I decided to quit for various reasons. The first couple weeks I had tones of energy as well as became much more adept socially, started killing it on dates as well as many other advantages over the calm constant relaxed feeling I always had as a daily user. anyways after about 4 weeks off weed I started to feel tired everyday. So much so that I went to the docs to get tested for every std, once those test came back clean I also got tested for strep, mono, and a whole wack load of other issues and all came back clean. Now I'm a very healthy person who should have plenty of energy. I eat very healthy, workout 3-5 times a week drink plenty of water eat lots of veg cook all home cooked meals. . seriously I always have more energy than everyone around me. The only thing that can explain this constant tired feeling is that I quit weed. I am on week 6 now and am hoping that another month or so this feeling will go away. I had gone a week or so without ever feeling this bad before but this was the first time I have gone more than that. It's causing me to sleep in longer than by about 2 hours, been feeling a little depressed, only have good energy for about 5 hours in the afternoon n feel tired early at night. Also have confirmed that it is not caused by depression I am reasonably happy.. just tired. Don't kid yourself people, 11 years of constant drug use even something as harmless as weed can have side affects. Quitting smoking sucked more than this but never had me going to the docs to get blood tests twice in one month. I cannot wait for this to be over so I can move on with my life with much more motivation, energy, social skills, more confidence, I'm even a better snow boarder and dancer now and am having much much more fun than I ever had on weed. each their own but stop trying to think authorities are saying weed is harmful from some hidden agenda.. this is real, maybe not for you but it is for me! thanks hope this helps someone also experiencing this
Ive been off weed for 32 days now, some days ill feel great, and like today i felt really down, shakey, not much appetite and didnt want to see anyone, even my girlfriend, is this normal? I was smoking about an 8th a day of strong stuff, and then i just went cold turkey to sort my life out as i was just sat in all day everyday. Doing jack all! So someone please tell me they have had these feelings because im freaking outtt aha

Hi Murphylad1995, marijuana withdrawal symptoms usually peak a few days after quitting and can last for up to two weeks, according to this NIDA research: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/mariju... That being said, we can't say how drugs or withdrawal will affect you specifically, so please contact a doctor if you have concerns. You can also get information about drug abuse treatment programs at https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/. If you aren't sure what to do or just want to talk to someone, you can always contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/.

I am 90 days off marijauana and still trying to get my life back. Doing better ad will get out of it soon I believe. withdrawl symptoms come and go in cycles
I started smoking again about 2 years ago. In my 20's i was a chronic pot smoker, i quit for 12 years when single parenting happened and it was just too hard to do stoned. I started again when my daughter hit puberty, and we didn't get along as well. A puff or two is all it took to 'take the edge off' my irritability and just chill out. Now 2 years later, I smoke morning,noon and night to just 'take the edge off' and make me functional. Each time i try to quit i relapse as the irrititablilty i feel is out of control and depression often escalates too. Now i am trying again to break the pattern. i am on day 2 of cold turkey, i really wanna get this out of my system and feel better for real. I am suffering big time, headaches, anger, depression, crying uncontrollably, anxiety, confusion, no energy, no motivation. It is tough because I know just a puff on a doobie and I will feel massively better for a little while at least. Anyway this page is helpful, i will keep trying .
How long do the symptoms last

Hi Katie, withdrawal symptoms typically peak within the first week after quitting and may last up to two weeks. You can read more here: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/mariju...

I can't just jump right in to saying that I'm having withdrawals because before I smoked I couldn't sleep very well, anxiety out the wazoo, low appetite. This article is making weed sound horrible, but at least I have an appetite and eat while I'm high.
This repeated message about lasting up to 2 weeks is inaccurate. I quit almost a month ago, and I can assure you I still feel anxious, nervous and slightly depressed at various times throughout the day.
I've been smoking almost every day for the past month and when I don't smoke I can't sleep at night, have the shakes, constantly above the toilet dry heaving because I feel so anxious that I'm gonna throw up. I want to quit but I don't want to quit. I need help I can't do this anymore

Hi Em, you might be interested in some of the information about drug abuse treatment at this link: http://teens.drugabuse.gov/have-a-drug-problem-need-help.

I have been smoking weed for about 7 years and recently decided to quit due to it affecting my life in several ways and causing overall unhappiness. I haven't smoked for almost 2 weeks and started feeling angry and irritable. After reading this post everything makes so much sense and it seems incredible to me that something I thought to be harmless actually has such a strong hold on me. Often times when I've tried to quit in the past, I've felt irritable and grumpy and blamed it on other things in my life (ie. relationships or poor performance in school) but now I realize this is just a vicious cycle that the drug creates... It makes you depressed so you see things badly which makes you wanna smoke more which in turn makes you depressed again! Needless to say, I am grateful for this new outlook on life and will keep pushing through until I am able to enjoy life without feeling the need to sneak around and get high to enjoy it!
I've been smoking tobacco daily for about 8 years (now i smike on new years and my birthday) and I smoked cannabis daily for about 5 years (been free for about a year now). Now everytime i stopped with the tobacco everything was totally fine, I got the slightest ringing/tinnitus sensation but that's it. however when i stopped smoking weed either nothing happend (first time when I quit for 6 months) or I got headaches, stomache aches, I couldn't take in any food, i got sick, nasues and started sweating like im running a marathon when I'm doing nothing.. (Everyother time I stopped) But then again i believe smoking 50-100 dollars worth of hasch everyday for a couple of years will make almost anyone get withdrawal symptoms.. Most of the people I knew/know that smokes these Quanteties of Quality hasch also get harscher symptoms then people who smoke bush weed and/or just a joint a day.. Me and my friends used to wiegh up 0.2-0.3 grams of the meanest hasch for each bong and about 1-2 bongs an hour, so everyday we went trough 5-10 grams per person depending on how much free time we had all from 8-16 hours a day An 8th is about 3.5 grams so between 1.5-3 8ths a day per person. And were i come from green is rare. So because of this, Every morning I woke up I felt nasua until i had taken atleast 2 morning bongs just to be able to eat and to feel normal and not sick.. This was my morning ritual for quite some time until I said enough and stuck trough the withdrawal But this is my experience. Most of my friends didn't get sick or anything but most of my friends weren't as heavy smoker as me and the others nearest me but to be fair even some of the heavy smokers had very little if any withdrawal at all. But Me and my two best mates ( the three heaviest smokers in amongst our midst) we all had withdrawal after our heaviest period of smoking Also mentionable is the first time i stopped smoking hasch about 2 years in to my daily smoking era. At that time I didn't smoke as much due to finances (i was broke) and couldn't afford smoking as much so i quit, and had no withdrawal. So in my case atleast, withdrawal comes from extreme or heavy use of cannabis. But not necesseraly from just smoking a gram or two everyday.. Hope this helped in any way
Weed withdrawal is real, the ones who dont have the withdrawal probably werent every day smokers, or continued with other drugs and therefore didnt notice th withdrawal, I am a heavy smoker and have quit for a month at a time twice. And a few days every now and then when its unavailable, all the symptoms are true vomiting, headaches, chills, the vivid dreams are real nice, bad dreams also , even sleep paralasis and visit from the old hag, thats was realy freaky, smoking after quiting will get you way high again for a day or 2 personaly when i do smoke again i get way high but also paranoid. I got no problems with my weed usage, except when i run out. Such as today its 4:25 Am. I m not tired, but i feel weak, my stomach is growling and i feel hungry, but the though of eating is repulsive, i had to force from feed myself earlier. Chewing the food is a chore even...
OK. So those of you who say "I'm more successful and can concentrate better when I smoke".... I get that. I've smoked almost daily for 5 or 6 years. Didn't start until well into my adult life. It's been the most anxiety-free time of my life. I've grown in confidence and really learned to set my priorities without the guilt that comes with the Anxiety I always lived with. Also, it's helped me cope with he pain and frustration from 3 massive back injuries. I've lived a productive life, raised wonderful children, achieved more than I ever imagined in the professional world and gained the respect of my peers. Marijuana has been really good for me. I have literally tried 5 or 6 different medications, I've tried short term counseling and I've tried many different forms of meditation and self-centering. Still.... nothing has made me feel more like "ME" than a very very very small amount of Marijuana. It's changed my life. However, now that I've smoked for quite a few years and looked at the situation..... it's a drug. Plain and simple. It's not a chemical your body was meant to live with constantly. Just like alcohol, too much sugar, too much vitamin C.... anything. And I've started seeing health issues related to it. Now it's become a permanent crutch to my depression, anxiety and other precious issues (which caused me to medicate with Marijuana in the first place). I have been to the hospital almost 10 times in the last 2 years for the same issue that nobody can solve. I've had many invasive procedures and still no answer. Not until I discovered the symptoms of "Canabinoid Hypermiosis". That changed my view. It matched my symptoms exactly. But most of the medical field incorrectly calls is "cyclical vomiting" which it simply IS NOT. We've all had a "pukey moment" when taking a big bong hit, and that's what it is.... But Canabinoid Hypermiosis is so much more than that, and most medical professionals don't even know about it. I now literally have diarrhea all day every day. I wake up 3 hours before work every day because I need that much time to get my body in order to survive the commute. I eat very healthy, but now can not eat after 4:00pm without being deathly ill the next morning. My body is pissed. I've tried everything and nothing has worked. No hospital or doctor can fix it. But.... now that I know that the symptoms match the Marijuana use.... it makes sense. It's very difficult to remove it from your life when it's not just for recreation... it's for mental health. BUT.... we all have to remember one thing.... we are human beings and we are strong. We need to lean on eachother and let people know when we're feeling waeak, or anxious or frustrated. THAT'S OK TO DO! And if we're feeling mentally unbalanced.... we need to take the physical time to address that issue before that issue controls us. I think weed is an amazing medicine. I also think it's very fun socially. But, I now see the dangers and what it can do to your body if you use it long term and frequently. I know that some people's bodies may not manifest the same symptoms and some folks may never ever get sick from it.... but it's still harming you body. Just like taking ibuprofen or Vicodin might every day. All I can say is... be careful. Know that you ARE still consuming a substance and your body doesn't NEED it, therefore it has to do hard work to process it. Be careful guys. It's not worth the potential risk to live day to day smoking your brains out, taking dabs, doing edibles and vaping oil. Find something else to offer you joy and mental therapy. Learn to sing, or play an instrument, or draw, or dance, or build things with your hands. Get your mind engaged in things that make you feel productive and accomplished. It's not worth it to have Weed be your "hobby" or your "crutch". Do not make it a lifestyle choice and don't do it to impress freinds or feel cool. CONTROL YOURSELVES so it can continue to be enjoyable occasionally and not end up causing medical side-effects. I'm currently trying (again) to stop smoking. It's hard because of the withdrawal symptoms. Anxiety is through the roof, i'm frustrated, I can't think clearly, I worry.... but I am strong and I can fight it. I know it's not me.... it's the withdrawal. It's my mind learning to deal with life again without the substance helping. BUT... it's hard, as I've surely smoked multiple pounds of Ganga over the last few years. Good luck everyone. Be safe. be responsible. Respect yourselves enough to deny yourself certain pleasures even when you feel entitled or needy. You're worth so much more than a cheap drug addiction. You're a person with unique qualities.... and good or bad.... those qualities make you who you are. So... be yourself and don't let ANY substance become a regular part of your life. Much Love. May God guide your path.
My boyfriend has been using marijuana heavily for the past year and the other night we went to an event where it wasnt appropriate for him to have any, and a few hours in he started sweating, vomited, started shaking and feeling anxious and uncomfortable. He also lives with depression and uses marijuana and a way of relieving his mental trauma
I'm pushing 19 & I smoked pot for the first time when I was 12. All the way until I was 18 I would occasionally smoke. About 6 months ago i started smoking weed everyday multiple times a day and I recently just quit not even a week ago and i do have to say that my body became very dependent on it. I have had absolutely no appetite, horrible nausea, full blown body sweats during the day and at night, and bad anxiety. I honestly have nothing against weed. I wish it was legal where I'm from (Alabama) but its not and I have to focus on myself and my future career. My advice is don't become a pot head unless you have some kind of illness or poor physical health because your body will go through lots of changes and it sucks so if not just stick with occasional smoking.
I feel that weed affects everyone differently when it comes to both withdrawl and how it affects your life. I've been doing it for 4 years nd have quit for a month now nd i only experienced a few things like mood swings loss of appetite nd dream return. Some people can be functioning users who do it daily while others cant handle it for whatever reason. But at the end of the day, like anything, you shouldnt depend on it. Lifes too short nd theres more to it than just getting high. I truly believe a drug free life is better yet I also believe if somthing like weed for example is used in moderation rather than constant use due to addiction or dependancy, its fine, as that proves you are in control not the other way around. Best of luck to those who are trying to quit!
I am 17 and have been a daily marijuana smoker for a year. I haven't smoked in about a week and I felt I may have been experiencing withdrawal symptoms. I've been shaky, Moody, I haven't had an appetite, and I have been having stomach pains and I was curious if it may be withdrawal symptoms so I decided to find out before I decided it was the flu or something. This page was very helpful.
My 16 year old daughter has been smoking weed for about a year now. Her health has deteriorated to where her liver is failing from lack of food/appetite. We are scheduled for an upper G.I and abdominal ex ray tomorrow. Before and after pics show a beautiful healthy happy girl to a now skeletal bundle of nerves. I have her in councelling and this experience has her petrified! She never wants to smoke weed ever again, but is going through sever withdrawl. I have missed work, had countless sleepless nights with her. I am scared to death! She is an "A" student, said weed helped her concentrate with her studies, maybe so, but at what cost?
Hi my name is Erin I've been smoking weed for almost 10 years now but heavily in the past 4 years I've cut down in the past week and haven't had anything in two days. My migraines are out of control I don't want to eat anything but I do I feel like I can't swallow and I'm so irritable how can I rush this process I'm trying to quit for good and the dreams omg I haven't dreamed in so long and these past few nights have been killing me Andy jaw will not stop clenching Please help!!

Hi Erin -- You could be suffering the effects of marijuana withdrawal. Many people do not realize if they stop smoking they can experience symptoms for awhile, including irritability. May we suggest you contact an addiction specialist. They can offer information on how to go through withdrawal safely and as comfortably as possible. Go to the site of the American Society of Addiction Medicine here: http://www.asam.org/ there is a “Find a Physician” function on their home page.

I'm 16, male, and I've smoked me some cannabis for about 4 months straight, going no longer than 2 or 3 days without smoking it. I'm fairly familiar with addiction, as it is prevalent in my family, and I had no doubts that I would probably have some sort of problems with marijuana in the future. that didn't stop me from having fun and discovering new ways of thinking. But one thing I realized is that weed is not meant for developing brains. marijuana addiction is real, and definitely causes problems for kids my age. I hope that people will realize that there are negatives to marijuana too. I believe that if people really want to smoke some dank, they should just wait until there brain is fully developed so their overall potential isn't tampered with.
40 years smoking pot and yes i lose it when i have none
Well about 5 months ago I smoked out of a bong with 3 peculaters it had two water chambers and then an ice chamber I only smoked out of it once bc I felt like my heart was gonna exsplode afterwards and then I had a headache the next few days so I tried hitting it again well it made my headache go away and I haven't smoked since so its been about 5 months and now im having severe panic attacks similar to the ones I did that day of smoking my heart still feels like it's going to exsplode my face gets really tingly and I get a dry mouth just like I did after hitting that bong my dr wont procribe meds to me =/ but im really afraid of whats gonna happen im only 20 and the last time I had a panic attack I lost all oxygen to the brain im really terrified idk what to do =/

We are sorry to learn of your difficulties, and respect your courage in seeking help. Marijuana affects people differently. In rare cases, it can trigger a kind of psychotic reaction. The memory of that reaction, and the anxiety it prompted, can stay with you a long time. In addition, using marijuana can increase your heart rate and blood pressure, especially if used in combination with alcohol. We recommend you speak with a health care provider and perhaps a mental health therapist to help you manage these lingering side effects. Your body is telling you to never try this again.

I quit about 2 months ago and ive been sick everyday since. It sucks but I know I can get through this...
I'm not going to lie I thought weed wasn't that bad but it has different effects on different people and I probably now understand why you should smoke it like once a week because this article is actually true and I can't relate to most of it but then I smoked since I was 14 and I'm 18 now so depending on how strong you are you can get these symptoms don't believe people that say it's not that bad and anything your smoke harms your lungs too so be careful guys
I'm a teenager, 15 and I've been using drugs since September of 2014, over the months it's worsen and started becoming all I could think about , all I wanted. It was like an obsession. So I made a promise to quit when it started interfering with school. I'm on Day 3 and I've barely gotten any rest, when I do sleep I wake up sweating. Very emotional, all these provided on this website are accurate symptoms of withdraw for teens.
I am on Day 3 can't sleep, bad appetite, irritability

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